Fitness Routines as Facebook Posts are a Sign of Psychological Issues
Fitness routines posted regularly on Facebook are something that is right up there with photos of babies and cats. And if you haven’t noticed them, then probably it’s you that’s posting them. To be fair, though, things like “Ran for 10 miles before work and then hit the gym for 40 minutes!”, is something that may, or may not, uplift you in the morning, or it may as well irritate you to the point of actually getting out of bed.
Whatever the case may be, researchers from the Brunel University in London have conducted a study looking into the reasoning behind why so many people post their daily fitness routines on social media. The results are, well, what most may not have expected – especially those who are posting them.
As it turns out, people who regularly post their daily fitness routines are suffering from a good degree of narcissism. As it turns out from the study, the main goal behind these posts is to boast to others just how much time you spend improving your looks. And as it turns out, these Facebook updates also gather more like from people than others.
“Narcissists more frequently updated about their achievements, which was motivated by their need for attention and validation from the Facebook community”, the study concludes.
The researchers also point to the fact that those likes these frequent fitness routines receive are not a direct indication of appreciation by friends.
“Although our results suggest that narcissists’ bragging pays off because they receive more likes and comments to their status updates, it could be that their Facebook friends politely offer support while secretly disliking such egotistical displays,” sais Dr Tara Marshal.
Now, for those who’ve read this and are aware that they’re doing this, it would most likely be a relief to your friends on Facebook if you tone down the number of posts regarding your fitness routines you are sharing.
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